Museo civico archeologico del Distretto minerario

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Location: In Rio nell'Elba.
Open: Easter week to 01-NOV Thu, Sun 9:30-12:30, Fri, Sat 9:30-12:30, 17-19.
Fee: Adults EUR 5, Children free, Students EUR 3, Families (2+*) 3.
Groups (+): Adults EUR 3, Children (5-15) EUR .
Classification: SubterraneaMining Museum
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
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Address: Museo civico archeologico del Distretto minerario, Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, 57038 Rio nell'Elba LI, Tel: +39-0565-962088. E-mail:
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2003 museum opened.
2009 hosts the mineral collection of the Museo dei Minerali della Gente di Rio.


The Museo civico archeologico del Distretto minerario (Archaeological Museum of the Mining District) is an archaeological museum dedicated to the archaeology of the mining. It starts with copper mining since prehistoric times and ends with the historic iron mining. The Grotta di S. Giuseppe revealed many remains of the copper age, then the furnaces of the Etruscan and Roman times. For a long time the extraction of copper strongly influenced the life of the inhabitants of the island. It was replaced by the iron mining, which finally ended in the 20th century.

The museum was built as the last building of the town, the panoramic windows offer a view towards Monte Giove and the mines of the Rio Marina mining park. On two levels numerous exhibits are presented in rust-colored display cases to recall the color of iron.